Firstlight media is a global team of engineers and video enthusiasts. We are OTT Experts delivering passion and engagement. Our platform supports the world’s largest media companies. Designed to provide AGILITY, SCALABILITY, and EXTENSIBILITY, to FUTURE PROOF your business, and innovate on the customer experience.
Let’s build something truly amazing together.
Firstlight Media’s Executive Team brings unparalleled track record to the entertainment industry, having operated 25+ premium OTT video services around the world.
The team is spearheading an industry shift to cloud-based services and industry tools that increase consumer engagement and business success.
André Christensen | CEO
André leads Firstlight Media. He is an expert in the Digital Media space with experience across North America, Europe and Asia. He is Chairman of the board of Otello Corp, AdColony, and Bemobi. He also sits on the board of Intermedia. He was formerly Head of Product Development for AT&T's Entertainment Services including properties such as DirecTV, U-Verse, NFL Sunday Ticket, WatchTV, AT&T NOW, AT&T TV, and others.
Before, André was COO and co-owner at Quickplay Media where he managed OTT services for Tier 1 PayTV and Content Providers across 50+ markets until it was acquired by AT&T, was a member of Yahoo’s executive team as SVP Business Operations based in Sunnyvale, and spent 12 years with McKinsey & Company as a partner building their Digital practice in Scandinavia and in Canada. He has a Dipl. Kfm/ MSc in Business and Computer Science from U. Mannheim, Germany.
Juan Martin | CTO
Juan is Firstlight’s Chief Technology Officer and one of the company founders. He leads Product for Firstlight and is responsible for the technology roadmap, including applications of Artificial Intelligence to drive user engagement and monetization. He was formerly at AT&T Entertainment, where he built the technology roadmap for next generation video platforms, in the context of the merger with Warner Media.
Juan joined AT&T via the Quickplay acquisition, after developing a video streaming service for Fox in Latin America. Before, he founded an advanced analytics company and was an Associate Principal at McKinsey and Company’s digital technology practice in Toronto, Santiago, and New York. Juan has a Masters in Technology from MIT, and Masters in Engineering from PUC, Chile.
Goutham Vinjamuri | COO
Goutham is responsible for customer success, platform engineering, service operations, and professional services at Firstlight Media. He most recently was AVP Software Engineering with AT&T Entertainment, where he led OTT & video solution engineering teams in the U.S., Canada, and India.
Before, Goutham headed Professional Services for Quickplay, until it was acquired by AT&T. He was SVP of Engineering with Polaris Financial Technologies, and a Practice Head in North America with TATA Consultancy Services, where he worked across industry verticals. He has an MSc in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology and BS in Electronics from ANU, India.
Tim Alavathil | CFO
As CFO of Firstlight Media, Tim is responsible for building financial efficiencies to support growth, maintaining financial discipline, budgeting, managing financial risks and accounting processes. Previously, Tim was CFO of Endeavor Streaming, a video streaming platform with over 650 employees and 14 offices worldwide, where he oversaw their global finance operations.
Previously, Tim was CFO of NeuLion, Inc. where he oversaw the sale in 2018 to Endeavor Streaming. Tim is a licensed Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.
Paul Pastor | Chief Business Officer
Paul Pastor, an earlier leader in Direct-To-Consumer services, is a Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer here at Firstlight Media. Paul is responsible for key disciplines that will underpin Firstlight’s global growth: Sales, Marketing and Communications, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Corporate Development.
Paul is also Co-Founder of TVPASS, a soon to be launched SVOD aggregation platform.
Prior to joining Firstlight, Paul co-founded Unite Broadcast Ventures, a branded SaaS OTT platform to support European local market streaming joint ventures.
Prior to his more recent entrepreneurial path, Paul powered brand, channel and show success at Discovery Communications and The Walt Disney Company. Paul holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business.
Katie Back | Chief Revenue Officer
As CRO of Firstlight Media, Katie is responsible for the company’s revenue growth through Sales, Customer Success, and Sales Marketing. She was formerly at FreeWheel, a Comcast Company where, most recently, she built and operationalized the Global Strategic Partnerships and Business Development team.
Previously Katie held a number of roles within the FreeWheel organization and was a key member of the team that took the company from start-up to acquisition. Throughout her career at FreeWheel Katie helped the organization solidify its place as the predominant TV ad management technology in market. She ran Enterprise Sales and Global Commercial Development where she managed the deal team responsible for securing new business, renewing existing business and the product marketing and sales specialist functions in support of Global customers. Prior to joining FreeWheel Katie held roles in both sales and business strategy.
Katie holds an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law.